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Calytrix depressa
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Calytrix depressa in Kings Park.
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Scientific classification
  • Calytrix stowardii S.Moore
  • Calytrix tenuifolia (Meisn.) Benth.

Calytrix depressa is a species of shrub in the family Myrtaceae, endemic to the south-west of Western Australia.


The species can grow up to 2 metres in height, but is usually between 0.2 and 1 metre high in its native range. The leaves are linear to cylindrical and usually around 1 cm in length. The leaves have a flattened base, which is alluded to in the Latin specific epithet depressa. Numerous flowers, each about 1 to 1.3 cm in diameter, cover the plant in summer . Northern forms have pink to light purple colouring on the outer petals and a contrasting yellow centre, while all-yellow forms are found in the south. The petals are wider than many other Calytrix species. As with most species in the genus, the calyx lobes have prominent awns that extend well-beyond the extent of the petals.


This species requires a moist but well-drained position, with filtered sunlight. The species may be propagated from cuttings or seed, the latter resulting in stronger plants although difficult to germinate. Plants may sometimes be affected by root rot in hot, humid climates, or scale.


The species occurs in the Southwest Botanical Province and the Eremaean Botanical Province

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